11 days in Central America Itinerary

11 days in Central America Itinerary

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11 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Washington DC, United States

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, shop like a local with Galeria Estudio, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip builder .

Washington DC, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 13th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

1
night
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio journey builder website .

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) and then make a trip to Panama Canal.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Panama City road trip planning app .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Panama City by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Manuel Antonio to Panama City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April in Panama City, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

3
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
On the 17th (Fri), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to San Pedro takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to San Pedro due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

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